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Greyfriars Medical Centre

Dr Bruce Halliday, Dr Dawn Philip, Dr J Glidden Chalmers, Dr Tomas Trueba, Dr Simon Willetts,

Dr Joe O'Byrne, Dr Debbie Swalwell, Dr Erin Barrett, Dr Pira Vivekanandaraja

 


*You can now book Minor Illness appointments with our Nurse Practitioners. Examples of Minor Illnesses are listed under Clinics & Services, Our Clinics, Minor Illness Appointments*

About Us

 

We are a general medical practice of nine partners (five part-time) based in recently refurbished town centre premises with modern equipment and full facilities, including disabled access from the rear car park. The building is an attractive Georgian terrace and there is reasonable street parking (restricted by a disc zone system) with a few other nearby, off street, free parking areas. Discs are available at our Reception desk or many town centre shops.

 

Dumfries lies NW of the English border on the A75 Euroroute through Galloway. Click to see the Practice boundary.

 

 

River Nith, Dumfries
(the Caul (or weir) on the River Nith at the Whitesands)
Castle Street, Dumfries
(Greyfriars Church and Burns Statue)

 

Premises

 

Greyfriars Medical Centre is a town centre practice based in a Georgian terrace alongside various other business properties including solicitors, architects, dentists and two pharmacies. There is reasonable street parking (restricted by a disc zone system) and a few other nearby off street free (disc zone) parking areas. Discs are available at our Reception desk or from most town centre shops.

 

Prior to the two partnerships amalgamating in January 2000, one of the original groups was based at Number 33. They opened up the basement of Number 33 in 1981 and extended through to the basement of 35 Castle Street in 1993. A major upgrading and extension in 1999 incorporated the full four floors of 35 and 37 in addition to 33 Castle Street. Castle Street is a Grade A listed Georgian terrace so certain plans to improve the functionality of the building had to be compromised. For example disabled access has had to be provided from the rear of the building with a lift in a new extension in the rear car park. The original intention had been for the lift to be sited in the central stairwell of 35 Castle Street. Nevertheless, the accommodation works well with access by lift to all clinical areas on the ground floor and basement. Disabled access therefore is from the rear of the building with an intercom link for visitors to request that the Receptionist open the door to the lift.

 

A major redevelopment finished in 2008 after a long process of working around contractors. We bought the first and second floors of 33 Castle Street to complete the full four floors of three adjacent properties - 33, 35 and 37. The major work and cost was the installation of a second lift to all four floors that can be accessed easily from Reception. The lift at the back of the building is also still in place providing easy access to the ground floor, basement and disabled car parking space to the rear. We now have 16 clinical rooms, sufficient for all doctors, nurses, health care assistants, registrars and medical students. Our conference room has been transformed into an IT teaching suite, supported by a grant from the Scottish Government.

 

 

There are eleven doctors' consulting rooms, one nurse practitioner and two nurses' consulting rooms, each with a fully adjustable operating table, two health care assistants' rooms, 6 waiting areas and a large welcoming Reception area. Upstairs there is ample office accommodation, a conference room, a common room and space for attached staff.  There are toilets on all floors.

 

 

The old surgery at 33 Castle Street before 1980 was entirely contained within the ground floor area of 33. It then consisted of four extremely small consulting rooms - see picture below (now converted back to two normal sized rooms for Rooms 1 & 2).

 

Dr Jamieson's room 1979

Dr Jamieson's Consulting Room 33 Castle Street in 1979. (Photo taken by Peter Hutchison when working as the Trainee)

 

Where the current Reception area is now, there was an "L"-shaped Reception / record storage / office area along two sides of a single waiting room. Note the old Lloyd George record envelopes and the tiny hatch at eye level for "welcoming" patients. The chair looks like a hazard which would now be condemned under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

 

Old Reception desk 33 Castle Street 1979

The old Reception desk 33 Castle Street in 1979. (Photo taken by Peter Hutchison when working as the Trainee)

 

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